As well as a general goals list & travel wishlist, I also keep an ongoing ‘Cornwall’ bucket list too.
This county may be tiny, but it is full to the brim with wild and wonderful nooks and crannies that I am yet to explore! Despite having lived here for most of my life, there are so many places I haven’t seen here in Cornwall yet, and ‘Cornish things’ I haven’t done. There are also things I have done, but so many years ago that I can barely remember!
So this year I’ve condensed my ridiculously long master list into a yearly bucket list that includes things I hope to do in 2017…
1. Kayak on Helford river
As soon as the weather turns warm again, this is the top of my list! I’m not sure why we never did this last Summer… potentially because we weren’t sure of a good launch point that was easily accessible by car, but maybe we’ll have to stop being lazy and just carry the kayaks a little further! They’re only inflatable anyway ;)
2. ‘Glamping’ in Cornish yurts
Again, I’m kind of waiting for the weather to warm up before we book a night away in the great outdoors, but I’d absolutely love to try staying in a yurt! There are several places in Cornwall that have them:
Luxury Yurt Glamping in Liskeard
Mill Valley Yurts near Wadebridge
Cottage Holidays Yurt near Falmouth
3. Climb the cliffs at Porthcurno
When I was about 8 or 9 years old, we had a school trip to the Minnack Theatre (incredible place by the way – definitely a must-do in Cornwall!) and as part of the trip we went to Porthcurno beach afterwards. All I can remember is how white the sand was and how clear and blue the water was, like something from a Mediterranean island. I want to explore the cliffs around it to get the best view!
4. Buy fresh fish in Newlyn
I think I have done this once at the Newlyn Fish Festival as a child, but I really don’t remember it well at all. Newlyn is known for being such a quant little town and I’d love to explore it more and pick up some fresh finds along the way!
5. Paddleboard to St. Michael’s Mount
I plan on doing a lot more SUP-ing this Spring and Summer, and Marazion is one of the top venues on my list! I mean, how epic would it be to paddle around the castle island at sunset? #goals
6. Explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan
I have never been to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, but people frequently tell me it’s an amazing place to visit. I suppose it’s probably because it’s so far away from where I’ve grown up and where I live now; Google Maps informs me it would take around an hour. The problem is the dog… I can’t really leave her at home for a day while I’m there, and whilst the gardens do allow dogs, they don’t allow them in the tearoom – and what is a trip without tea and cake?!
7. Camp under the stars on the Lizard
I have some spots marked out on the map where I plan to ‘wild camp’ at some point during the Summer. I have never actually ‘wild camped’ before (only ever in campsites with, y’know, actual toilets) so we’ll see how that goes… any tips are welcomed!
8. Take the ferry from Falmouth to St. Mawes
I’ve done this before when I was a child but I would love to do it again, this time with N as I don’t believe he has ever done it. It’s such a lovely day trip to do and it brings back memories of gift shop fudge and collecting shells on the beach at this tip of the Roseland.
9. Visit Kynance Cove
Shock horror, I have never been to Kynance Cove, one of Cornwall’s most infamous beaches! Don’t worry, I plan on ticking this one off fairly soon (before Summer for sure, as I hear it gets very crowded over there!). I can’t wait to see the iconic cliff stacks and clear waters for myself!
UPDATE: Went to see Kynance Cove in March… couldn’t see it because of the fog. Classic.
10. Go looking for the Mermaid of Zennor
The whole Penwith coast of Cornwall is totally new to me, and in fact remains a totally wild and unspoiled area of Cornwall in general! I’ve never been further along that West coast than St. Ives, which leaves a lot to be discovered! I’m particularly looking forward to exploring the coastline around Zennor (mermaid spotting of course!) and Sennen cove beach is supposed to be beautiful too.
I hope to update this list as I tick it off with links to blog posts of any photos I’ve taken during these adventures – so stay tuned!
What’s on your Cornish (or local area!) bucket list?
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